IS group regains control of areas it lost to Syrian government: Rights group

AP , Tuesday 21 Jun 2016

File Photo: Militant Islamist fighters parade on military vehicles along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014 (Reuters)

The Islamic State group has launched a counteroffensive in Syria's northern province of Raqqa, retaking wide areas the militants recently lost to government troops.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that the government forces have lost all territories they gained in Raqqa province since launching their offensive in early June.

The IS group-linked Aamaq news agency posted a video showing the militants  in control of Thawra oil field as warplanes strike nearby.

Syrian journalist Eyad al-Hosain, embedded with the army, wrote on his Facebook page that even if special forces "retreat for hours they will come back."

The provincial capital of Raqqa that carries the same name is the de facto capital for IS group.

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